RWW’s Paranoia-Rama takes a look at five of the week’s most absurd conspiracy theories from the Right.
Even though God stopped President Obama from nuking Charleston, according to one Colorado lawmaker, God permitted a brutal attack on a Colorado woman as punishment for abortion rights. Even worse, other conservative activists believe that God is preparing to destroy America if the Supreme Court approves of gay marriage.
5) God Behind Brutal Attack On Pregnant Woman
Gordon Klingenschmitt, the Religious Right activist who is now a freshmen Republican member of the Colorado State House, reflected on the recent attack on a pregnant Colorado woman, in which her stomach was cut open and her baby killed, by arguing that the assault was God’s punishment on the country for abortion rights.
“This is the curse of God upon America for our sin of not protecting innocent children in the womb and part of that curse for our rebellion against God as a nation is that our pregnant women are ripped open,” he said during his “Pray In Jesus Name” broadcast.
Facing an outpouring of criticism for his remarks, Klingenschmitt is now claiming that he is the real victim of the story, alleging that people are only outraged because he quoted the Bible during the program. Anyone who criticizes him, Klingenschmitt suggests, are really trying to take away his freedom of speech and “freedom of worship.”
He has found at least one ally in fellow Colorado pastor Kevin Swanson, who said on his radio show that God “may have somehow directed” the attack on the pregnant woman “to teach Colorado a lesson” about its laws preserving abortion rights.
4) God Will Destroy America Over Gay Marriage
Surprising nobody, anti-gay activists are releasing a flurry of statements warning that the legalization of same-sex marriage will unleash God’s wrath on America.
The Coalition of African American pastors, a group closely tied to the National Organization for Marriage, warned members in a statement, “America’s Wake-Up Call?,” that judges want “immorality” and “moral decay” to “spread like a cancer.” Urging members to “fight against this ‘cancer’ that is ravishing the nation which, will ultimately bring about its destruction,” the group said that America is “following in the tradition” of countries throughout history that were destroyed by “the divine judgment of God.”
Rick Scarborough, a leading Religious Right pastor, had a similar message in a WorldNetDaily column where he warned that the Supreme Court “is threatening to unleash the spirit of hell on the nation” by striking down bans on same-sex marriage, while Tim Wildmon of the American Family Association said the court is preparing to throw its “fist in the face of God Almighty.”
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins even called on conservative Christians to consider “rising up” if the court rules in favor of marriage equality: “I don’t think the nation is going to accept it, I absolutely don’t, and the conflict that is going to come as a result of it.”
3) Obama Greatest Threat To Jews Since Nazism
During his radio show yesterday, conservative commentator Mark Levin insisted that President Obama is “the greatest threat to Jews ... since the 1930s.”
“He’s the greatest threat they face since the 1930s” because he is arming “Israel’s enemies” while degrading Israel’s defenses, Levin said. “He is the greatest threat that that nation faces, and by the way, he’s a great threat to our nation too, as far as I’m concerned.”
Because Obama is supposedly “arming up the Islamo-Nazis in Tehran,” Iran will soon be able to “attack Israel” and “attack our west coast.”
Via Media Matters:
2) Climate Scientists Persecuting Ted Cruz, Says Ted Cruz
While talking to the Texas Tribune, Sen. Ted Cruz mocked the science behind climate change as part of a plot to give government control over “every aspect of our lives” and make “a whole lot of money.”
Cruz said that “global warming alarmists don’t like to look at the actual facts and the data,” and like the Catholic Church centuries ago which persecuted Galileo, seeks to “brand you a heretic” if you don’t agree with them.
“Today the global warming alarmists are the equivalent of the flat-earthers, it used to be ‘it is accepted scientific wisdom the earth is flat and this heretic named Galileo was branded a denier,’” Cruz said.
As Chris Mooney points out, not only is Cruz wrong about climate science, but “Galileo actually got in trouble with the Church over Copernicanism, or the idea that the Earth goes around the sun, itself located at the center of the solar system — not the shape of the Earth.”
1) ‘Patriot’ Plants Bomb To Prove A Point
We regularly see not-at-all-credible reports in the right-wing media about the proliferation of Muslim no-go zones and terrorists skipping across the border and setting up training camps inside of the U.S., usually expressing angst that Obama is doing nothing to stop these mythical crises (or, more typically, is helping the terrorists).
One self-described “patriot” in Georgia decided to take matters in his own hands, “building two improvised explosive devices” and putting them in a backpack along with “a Koran and a list of potential terrorist targets, including hospitals, schools and Jewish facilities in the Greater Atlanta area.” He even “wrote the name ‘Mina Khodari’ inside the backpack because he said ‘it looked foreign,’” TPM reports, noting that he put the book “The Rape of Kuwaitt” along with the Koran in the backpack, which he left in a Georgia park last November.
All of this was done, the man says, because not enough people are “paying attention to what was going on (sic) the world.”
This patriot now “faces federal charges of attempting to damage federal property by use of an explosive device.”
On his radio program yesterday, Glenn Beck announced that not only will he attempt to expose Grover Norquist as a front man for radical Islamic organizations, he will now also be investigating Karl Rove. On his radio program today, Beck declared that his campaign has again expanded to include the entire GOP establishment and this is now the beginning of a suicidal showdown to the death.
"I really believe this is the opening of a can of whoop-ass that is not resealed," Beck said, "and this is the entryway to a world of really bad darkness in the GOP that, if we continue to go down, which we are, you're going to find all sorts of really bad stuff here."
"This is a zero-sum game," he said. "Only one of us is going to be standing at the end, I think ... I don't think we're the ones that survive this game because there are so many really powerful people on the other side."
As Brian noted yesterday, Republican Colorado state representative Gordon Klingenschmitt finds himself at the center of a controversy stemming from a clip that we posted earlier this week from one of his recent "Pray In Jesus Name" programs in which he proclaimed that a brutal attack upon a pregnant woman in his state was part of "the curse of God upon America" for legal abortion.
He added that he was speaking as a preacher when he made those comments and not an elected representative and so "if other people are offended by the Bible, that's okay, they don't have to agree with me or come to my church or watch my TV show. It's a free country."
Klingenschmitt was interviewed on KOA News Radio 850 in Denver this morning about his comments, where he absurdly stated that "if you were offended because I quoted the bible in church, I ask you to forgive me but I will not apologize for quoting the Bible in church."
Repeatedly insisting that the things that he says on his television program should not reflect of his role as a legislator, Klingenschmitt went on a claim that his religious freedom is somehow being violated by all of the criticism that he is receiving.
"If the government is now going to step into my church on Sunday and say 'oh, you're not allowed to do that because you are an elected official," he said, "I would ask people to take a step back and think about how the government should be protecting your freedom of worship on Sunday and maybe cut me a little slack":
At one point during the interview, Klingenschmitt said that it "was a demonic spirit" that was behind this brutal attack on Michelle Wilkins and bragged that his charity had donated a thousand dollars to a GoFundMe effort set up to help her.
As it turns out, the Wilkins family has rejected Klingenschmitt's donation:
Just wanted everyone to know:
A refund of $1,000.00 has been issued for a payment made by Gordon Klingenschmitt for "Michelle Wilkins Fund (Longmont CO)". The money has been removed from your account: "Michelle Wilkins Trust Fund (Longmont CO)".
During an interview with the conservative outlet LifeSiteNews, Roman Catholic Cardinal Raymond Burke said that the church must not budge on its teachings on homosexuality and remarriage, suggesting that gay and remarried Catholics who are dedicated members of the church are not all that different from “the person who murders someone and yet is kind to other people.”
Religion News Service, which first reported the story, notes that Pope Francis “effectively demoted” Burke, who emerged as “one of the pontiff’s most outspoken critics on the right.”
Burke told LifeSiteNews that the church must continue its practice of denying communion to such Catholics and see homosexuality as an “intrinsic evil.”
LifeSiteNews: Since the extraordinary synod on the family, we have entered a period of uncertainty and confusion over several “hot-button” issues: communion for divorced and “remarried” couples, a change of attitude towards homosexual unions and an apparent relaxing of attitudes towards non-married couples. Does your Eminence think that this confusion is already producing adverse effects among Catholics?
Cardinal Burke: Most certainly, it is. I hear it myself: I hear it from Catholics, I hear it from bishops. People are claiming now, for instance, that the Church has changed her teaching with regard to sexual relations outside of marriage, with regard to the intrinsic evil of homosexual acts. Or people who are within irregular matrimonial unions are demanding to receive Holy Communion, claiming that this is the will of the Holy Father. And we have astounding situations, like the declarations of the bishop of Antwerp with regard to homosexual acts, which go undisciplined, and so we can see that this confusion is spreading, really, in an alarming way.
LSN: Among the viewpoints of Cardinal Kasper and, more recently, Bishop Bonny of Antwerp, and others, was the consideration that “faithful” homosexuals, “remarried” divorcees and non-married couples show qualities of self-sacrifice, generosity and dedication that cannot be ignored. But through their choice of lifestyle, they are in what must be seen by outsiders as an objective state of mortal sin: a chosen and prolonged state of mortal sin. Could you remind us of the Church’s teaching on the value and merit of prayer and good actions in this state?
CB: If you are living publicly in a state of mortal sin there isn't any good act that you can perform that justifies that situation: the person remains in grave sin. We believe that God created everyone good, and that God wants the salvation of all men, but that can only come about by conversion of life. And so we have to call people who are living in these gravely sinful situations to conversion. And to give the impression that somehow there's something good about living in a state of grave sin is simply contrary to what the Church has always and everywhere taught.
LSN: So when the man in the street says, yes, it's true these people are kind, they are dedicated, they are generous, that is not enough?
CB: Of course it's not. It's like the person who murders someone and yet is kind to other people…
Organizations:Life Site News
The Arizona state senator receiving widespread attention as a result of her call for mandatory church attendance is, surprise surprise, an ardent Religious Right lawmaker.
While debating a bill on allowing people to bring concealed weapons into public buildings, State Sen. Sylvia Allen criticized the legislation’s opponents by maintaining that individual souls — not guns — are the real source of gun violence. “Probably we should be debating a bill requiring every American to attend a church of their choice on Sunday,” she said.
She later insisted that her remarks didn’t amount to a serious proposal, asserting that she wishes America would just return to the 1950s, which she said was a much more moral time in the country.
She also proposed that the state enable the creation of a volunteer border militia and pushed for a state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, warning that gay marriage would harm children and destroy Social Security:
Since the beginning of recorded history the foundation and continuation of all societies has been the family; father, mother, and children. When the Pilgrims stepped off the Mayflower they were in family unites. Even the Native Americans formed their society around a father, mother and children.
Over 1,049 federal laws in many categories, including Social Security, welfare, veterans, taxation, etc are based on the man-woman marriage relationship. Society has set up our laws to protect the children and to provide in the case of a spouse dying. All of that would change if same sex marriage gets its foot hold and demands are then placed upon government and businesses for benefits. Our already overburdened Social Security system could not survive.
This is not about mere tolerance, allowing people their sexual preference and living with who they want, they can already do that, but same sex marriage is about forcing all within our society regardless of religious or traditional beliefs to accept radical changes which will have far reaching consequences. Consequences that change the very core of our society and how it functions. The loser will be the children who must endure the selfish desires of adults.
Activist judges and a small percentage of Americans have forced the people to use the Constitution to protect marriage and all that it means to the continuation of our society. If ever the family is to be restored and protected it must start with the very definition of what marriage is.
Allen even offered a bill to protect her son-in-law who was under investigation for harassing female inmates while working in a country prison:
Last year, then-Navajo County Supervisor Allen tried to interfere with an internal investigation into her son-in-law's conduct with female inmates in the Navajo County jail.
This year, Allen has moved on to the state Senate where she sponsored a bill aimed at ensuring that others don't have to endure what she sees as a witch hunt against her son-in-law.
"She was interfering in the investigation," Navajo County Sheriff K.C. Clark told me this week. "At one point, I had to go to the county attorney and say if she gets in my way, I'm going to book her for interfering in the criminal investigation."
Allen's son-in-law, Timothy Hunt, was working as a detention officer in Navajo County jail in April 2014, when a former inmate alerted authorities to possible questionable conduct with female inmates while working nights, according to county records.
Hunt was reassigned to a desk job while an investigation was launched – a point that didn't please Supervisor Allen, who immediately texted Sheriff Clark.
"I need to talk to you about what is going on in the jail," she texted on April 29. "The commander put up a note in the control room telling EVERYONE that Tim Hunt was not allowed into the jail this was before he got to work then they made him sit out front all day not telling him why he was being investigated. He was humiliated and no one said WHY."
Hunt would soon find out why, if he didn't already know.
As part of an independent investigation into his activities, six women claimed that he made sexually suggestive remarks and gestures to female inmates and passed along cigarettes and matches to one female inmate in exchange for oral sex.
Several weeks later, the independent investigator sustained four of the five allegations against Hunt, finding that "the preponderance of evidence" suggests among other things that he provided cigarettes to an inmate after she performed a sex act on him in a shower.
"Despite Hunt's denial of wrongdoing, there was significant consistency between the accounts of the witness female inmates, and there is no credible evidence of any conspiracy," the investigator wrote, in a June 25, 2014, report to the Navajo County Sheriff's Office.
In July, Hunt took a polygraph test and was deemed "not truthful" when he denied engaging in oral sex with a female inmate, according to the polygraph report.
He later resigned and the file was sent to the Yavapai County Attorney's Office, to determine whether criminal charges are warranted.
Allen, meanwhile, ran for the state Senate, to replace the late Sen. Chester Crandell, and in January became a member of the Arizona Legislature and the Senate pro tempore no less.
Enter Senate Bill 1467. Allen's bill would strengthen the rights of law enforcement officials who face disciplinary proceedings. It was a surprise to many in the law enforcement community, given that the Peace Officers Bill of Rights was just passed last year and didn't take effect until Jan. 1.
Among Allen's proposals: to allow full-blown appeals trials rather than summary reviews if an officer is disciplined and to get rid of polygraph examinations.
Like the one her son-in-law failed.
Last week, the Family Research Council's Jerry Boykin spoke at one of the organization's regional "Watchmen on the Wall" events in Springfield, Missouri, where he warned that Christians in America are being persecuted and called upon conservative activists to rise up like "God's army."
"If you're a Bible-believing Christian, if you're a person who has a biblical worldview, if you serve the one and only God, you are going to be persecuted, plain and simple" he said, pointing to Springfield's non-discrimination ordinance which bans discrimination on the basis sexual orientation and gender identity [SOGI].
"This SOGI nonsense is an example of exactly what they're trying to do us," Boykin said. "They're trying to put us in a situation where we're going to lose our businesses, where we're going to be forced to accept what Adolf Hitler forced the church to accept in Germany in 1937."
"We're at war," Boykin said, as he declared that the push for gay rights is "evil" and cannot be compared to the fight for civil rights: "This is not about civil rights, this is about the evil that has come into our society and is trying to destroy our ability and our freedom to be able to worship our god as we choose."
"We're not rising up against evil," he warned. "When we rise up against evil, we've got to rise up like an army. We've got to act like we're in the military because, in fact, we are God's army":
In a video posted yesterday by the Christian Broadcasting Network, Rand Paul addressed “a group of pastors and religious leaders at a private prayer breakfast” in Washington D.C. on Thursday about the need for “revival” in America complete with “tent revivals” full of people demanding reform.
He suggested during the event that the debate about legalizing same-sex marriage is the result of a “moral crisis” in the country: “Don’t always look to Washington to solve anything. In fact, the moral crisis we have in our country, there is a role for us trying to figure out things like marriage, there’s also a moral crisis that allows people to think that there would be some sort of other marriage.”
“We need a revival in the country,” Paul said. “We need another Great Awakening with tent revivals of thousands of people saying, ‘reform or see what’s going to happen if we don’t reform.’”
Previously, the likely presidential candidate said that gay marriage should remain banned because it “offends myself and a lot of people.”
While speaking with David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network, Ted Cruz said that he hopes and prays that God put him in the position he is in today.
Cruz told Brody that “far too many Christians have ceded the public arena to people who aren’t believers,” urging pastors to become “watchmen on the wall” who will act “just like Esther” in the fight to save America.
Brody also hailed Cruz’s father, far-right activist Rafael Cruz, for his political views that he says have “rubbed off on Cruz.”
- Zack Ford @ Think Progress: Indiana Governor Signs 'Religious Liberty' Bill, Claiming It Won’t Enable Anti-LGBT Discrimination.
- Jim Redmond @ Towleroad: GOP Budget Amendment Upholds Religious 'Right To Discriminate' Against Gay Couples.
- Tina Nguyen @ Mediaite: Aaron Schock Compares Himself to Lincoln in Farewell Speech: He Only Served One Term.
- Travis Gettys @ Raw Story: Louie Gohmert explodes at FCC chairman: ‘You’re playing God with the Internet!’
- Eric Hananoki @ Media Matters: Is Fox News' Anti-Gay, Anti-Jewish, Anti-Catholic Pastor Being Courted By Rand Paul?
- Jonathan Merritt @ The Week: Does Liberty University hurt the GOP?
- Just as they did during the last two presidential election cycles, Religious Right activists are trying to unify behind one candidate in order to stop an unacceptably "moderate" front-runner. We are sure it'll work this time.
- Jay Richards claims that recognizing marriage equality "strikes at the foundation of individual rights."
- AFA Executive Vice President Ed Vitagliano tells WND that there is a "tendency for gay activists to want basically the whole world to be gay."
- We are not quite sure how Brietbart.com thinks that it has "debunked" the "Media's Latest Ignorant, Bigoted Attack On 'Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson" given that Robertson was quoted verbatim.
- Finally, David Lane says that if John McCain or Mitt Romney had chosen Mike Huckabee as their running mate, they would have been elected president.
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